Play Together, No Matter The System
Blizzard announced today that Overwatch will be bringing cross-play to all platforms where play is supported. While no date was provided for this change, they were clear that it will happen soon.
Until now players on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch have been segregated. Some have considered this superior because each system has unique features and options. The Switch version for example offers motion controls which can be an advantage, but also plays at a lower framerate. The PC version of course offers mouse and keyboard controls which are usually considered a big advantage in shooters. Consoles have aim assist to help offset this but that will be disabled for those playing with cross-play.
The change won’t be universal. Competitive modes will still be separated so those trying to compete at a high level can be on a level playing field. There are still concerns however regarding how this will impact more casual players. You can choose to opt out of this change. If you do however, you’ll only be matched with other players on your platform who have also opted out. For a platform like the Switch which has a limited player-base already, this could make it difficult to find a match. Blizzard even seems to expect as much according to the FAQ included on their website.
Console players will need to set up a Battle.net account to enable this. That will allow players to all be identified. PC players will already be playing through Battle.net and won’t need to change anything. Those who sign into Overwatch by the end of this year will receive a free Golden Loot Box as a reward.
It remains to be seen how adding cross-play will impact the Overwatch community. We’ll certainly be watching for any additional updates.